Must I complete the Non-Immigrant Form (NIF)?
All non-immigrant students must complete the NIF as part of their admissions acceptance. This includes students who intend to hold F-1 or J-1 status, as well as other non-immigrant classifications such as E-2, J-2, L-2 and H-4.
If you have already completed the NIF, you can check the Processing Status of your I-20/DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility request at any time.
If I don't need an F-1 or J-1 visa, should I complete the NIF?
Yes, Berkeley International Office is here to support all international students regardless of status so please complete the NIF and indicate your current visa status. Completing the NIF will also complete the Task on your Cal Central. If you need to change your status to F or J in the future, BIO will have a record of your attendance at Berkeley to assist with the process. If you are an undocumented or AB540 student, you can indicate "other" as your current and expected visa status on the NIF. If you submit the NIF, no other action will be required and the information will not be shared outside Berkeley International Office.
A complete online NIF. In the NIF, you will be asked to upload the following:
- Copy of your passport biographical page (showing full name, photo, and birth date)
- Copy of your dependent(s)' passport biographical page (showing full name, photo, and birth date) if applicable
- Proof of sufficient financial support as indicated on your NIF,
- Proof of full-time Summer Session enrollment (only if you are a Fall admit starting in summer requesting an earlier start date on your I-20 or DS-2019).
What documents are accepted as proof of financial support?
For a complete list of acceptable financial documents, see Required Funding Documentation.
How much funding will I need to demonstrate to complete my NIF?
You will be asked to demonstrate funding for all tuition and fees as well as living expenses for yourself and any dependent(s) in F-2/J-2 status. F-1 students will need to upload proof of a minimum of 1 year of funding. J-1 students will need to upload enough funding to cover their entire length of study.
Click here for an estimate of expenses. The amount of required funding is displayed in the Academic Program section your NIF and determined by your program and length of study (for J-1). Please note that the amount displayed in the NIF is an estimate only and may not exactly match your cost of study. Please always refer to the Office of the Registrar or your department for exact costs.
How long will it take to issue my I-20 or DS-2019?
It takes about 10-15 business days (approximately two-three weeks) from the time Berkeley International Office receives a complete NIF to put your I-20 or DS-2019 in the mail. If there are any missing items in the NIF, this process may be delayed.
How long does it take to receive my I-20 or DS-2019 in the mail?
Regular mail can take 1-4 weeks, depending on your delivery location. We recommend requesting and paying for Express Mail, which will expedite your I-20/DS-2019 delivery time significantly (see Express Mail section for payment methods). If you indicated Express Mail as your preferred delivery method in your Online NIF request but forgot to pay for it, please refer to the Express Mail section.
Can you send my documents through express mail?
Berkeley International Office has daily Express Mail service from our office. You have the option of a variety of courriers including Fedex or UPS. This requires payment from you. If you would like to have your documents sent this way, please see Express Mail Payment Instructions.
How can I make corrections to my NIF?
If you need to make corrections after submitting your NIF, you may send an email to NIF@berkeley.edu with the requested changes. Be sure to include your name and Student ID number.
What should I do If I am a Fall-admitted student starting early in the summer?
If you have decided to start your degree program early by enrolling in the UC Berkeley Summer Session program, you must enroll in full-time units (unless you are transferring your SEVIS record from another institution) and request an I-20 or DS-2019 to cover both summer and fall programs. Please follow the steps in the online NIF and Fall Admits Starting in Summer.